Semantic Knowledge Transparency in E-Business Processes

Semantic Knowledge Transparency in E-Business Processes

Fergle D’Aubeterre (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA), Rahul Singh (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA) and Lakshmi Iyer (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-056-1.ch149
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Abstract

This chapter introduces a new approach named semantic knowledge transparency, which is defined as the dynamic on-demand and seamless flow of relevant and unambiguous, machine-interpretable knowledge resources within organizations and across inter-organizational systems of business partners engaged in collaborative processes. Semantic knowledge transparency is based on extant research in e-business, knowledge management (KM), and the Semantic Web. In addition, theoretical conceptualizations are formalized using description logics (DL) and ontological analysis. As a result, the ontology will support a common vocabulary for transparent knowledge exchange among inter-organizational systems of business partners of a value chain, so that semantic interoperability can be achieved. An example is furnished to illustrate how semantic knowledge transparency in the e-marketplace provides critical input to the supplier discovery and selection decision problem while reducing the transaction and search costs for the buyer organization.

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